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In celebration of our upcoming 100th anniversary (2021) and to help writers deal with the financial hardships caused by COVID-19, the annual membership fee has been reduced to $100 for regular and professional members. This special rate is in place until Dec 31, 2021. Join us to celebrate one hundred years of writers helping writers!

Select Your Membership

Click on the membership category (Professional, Regular, Student) to learn more about any conditions that apply to that category, particularly Professional and Student. Ready to join/renew? Click Add to Cart under the membership type you want. (Note that applicable taxes will be applied further in the process.)

Renewing your membership? Be sure to log in to your online membership account before renewing to avoid technical issues and a duplicate account, even if your membership has expired.

Forgotten the username you selected? You can use your email address in the Username field. If you can’t recall your password, click on the Forgot password? link in the Member login field, and a new password will be emailed to you. Once you’re logged in, click on the Renew button. Please select the appropriate membership type below. If you’re upgrading to Professional designation, remember to send us your support documentation along with a completed Application for Designation form.

Security & Payment Methods

Our site is SSL secure to help maintain privacy. You can choose to pay by cheque or credit card. The fastest and most convenient way is by credit card as once your payment is processed, you are given complete access to the Members Only area and are able to set up and maintain your member profile, as well as decide what information should be viewable by the public on the Member Directory.

If you choose to pay by cheque, there will be a processing delay on your account as registration is only complete once your payment is received. Please join or renew online if at all possible — you will have the option to select Pay by Cheque — and then make sure you send your cheque, including applicable taxes (see notes below), as soon as possible afterwards. You will receive an email confirmation once your account is confirmed.

Note that, if necessary, you can pay your membership fee in installments by selecting the Pay by Cheque option online, completing the process, and then mailing up to four post-dated cheques to the address provided. (Please remember to include the tax portion in your total payment.)

A Quick Note about Taxes on Your Membership Dues

Click the section that applies to you.

Professional and Regular Membership Rate

HST at 13%

One-year: $175 + $22.75 = $197.75

Two-year: $330 + $42.90 = $372.90

Student rate. $50 + $6.50 = $56.50


New Member Introductory Rate

One-year: $131.25 + $17.06 = $148.31

Two-year: 262.50 + $34.13 = $296.63

Professional and Regular Membership Rate

HST at 15%

One-year: $175 + $26.25 = $201.25

Two-year: $330 + $49.50 = $379.50

Student rate. $50 + $7.50 = $57.50


New Member Introductory Rate

One-year: $131.25 + $19.69 = $150.94

Two-year: $262.50 + $39.38 = $301.88

Professional and Regular Membership Rate

GST at 5%

One-year: $175 + $8.75 = $183.75

Two-year: $330 + $16.50 = $346.50

Student rate. $50 + $2.50 = $52.50


New Member Introductory Rate

One-year: $131.25 + $6.56 = $137.81

Two-year: $262.50 + $13.13 = $275.63